Exhilarating downhills, sweat and mud. This is the perfect combination for an adventure trip and it was exactly what we got in the Jeseníky Mountains in the Czech Republic. After visiting the historical town of Olomouc we decided to change the scenery and discover the top things to do in the Jeseníky Mountains.
If you are looking for a place to have an unforgettable adventure, then book your trip to the Czech Republic and follow our tips to the best things to do in the Jeseníky Mountains. The mountains are located in the north of Moravia and Czech Silesia, close to Olomouc and Ostrava. The mountain range is a premier place for hiking, biking and other mountain sports.
Our third trip to the Czech Republic we explored the Moravian Silesian region which is the address to charming towns still unknown by many international travelers. But as adventure lovers, our itinerary in the Czech Republic wouldn’t be complete without some action and nature time. That’s why between our visits to Olomouc and Ostrava, we included two days of activities in the Jeseníky Mountains.
The region is well-known for its nature and adventures. Mountain biking, hiking, skiing and camping are some of the top things to do in the Jeseníky Mountains. You will find first-class outdoor experiences in the small villages. This is the perfect opportunity to get in touch with people, try local food and get to know more about the Czech culture. Fun and adrenaline are guaranteed, no matter if you visit Jeseníky in the Summer or in the Winter.
Adventure and things to do in the Jeseníky Mountains
Mountain biking in Jeseníky
Be prepared to sweat, to feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins, and to have your breath taken away by stunning landscapes. We chose an easy trail for our morning mountain bike adventure, and it was the perfect activity to understand why the Jeseniky Mountains are called a mountain bike paradise. We passed by charming villages and lush green forests, crossed rivers and went up and down the hills… a windy ride with never-ending beauty and thrills.
The landscapes found in Jeseníky are absolutely stunning. The forest is filled with thick beech trees, rivers, flooded quarries, huge granite boulders and more. Those are just a few of the reasons why riding a mountain bike in the Jeseníky Mountains is an adventure of a lifetime.
The Jeseníky Mountains are known for having amazing mountain bike trails offering magnificent views. You’ll never find a boring trail in there.
In Jeseniky Mountains, there are mountain bike trails for beginners and for advanced bikers, with challenging uphills or flat paths. As we are not professional bikers, we rented the bikes and also asked for an experienced guide from the Rychlebské stezky trail center, one of the best mountain bike centers in the Czech Republic. These guys are really good, and the mountain bike trails they have are insanely beautiful.
Mountain biking is no doubt one of the best things to do in the Jeseníky Mountains, so plan it in advance. If you are an experienced biker with your own bike and equipment, and you can get the trail maps and enjoy Jeseniky by yourself. But I strongly recommend you to reach out to the experts at the Rychlebské stezky trail center, they will help you with everything you might need to have an unforgettable experience.
Electric mountain biking in Jeseníky
The Jeseniky Mountains are stunning, and you don’t need to make a big effort to enjoy them. If you don’t fancy an exhausting mountain bike experience but still want to have some fun on two wheels, the electric mountain bike might be the perfect adventure for you.
Around Kraličák Ski Resort, we rented e-mountain bikes to explore the mountain trails and visit some of the old military bunkers. We had never tried the e-mountain bikes before, so it was a big surprise and a relief to our legs when we hopped on them. The electrical engine was a good help to face the uphills to get the best views of the mountains.
We got the electric-mountain bikes at Kolovna Bike Centrum, they rent e-bikes and regular mountain bikes as well, so you can choose the one that suits you better. The shop is great, you can rent or buy all the equipment you need for mountain biking, you can also have a coffee or a snack at the café next door, or even play tennis at the tennis court just next to the shop. For those who really want to learn how to mountain bike, they have a practicing track in the back of the shop to train your biking skills.
If you like the idea of having an e-mountain bike, read this guide to e-bike conversion kit, and you can transform any ride into an assisted one.
Horseback riding in Kraličák Ski Resort
Our trip to Jeseníky was packed with first-time experiences. I tried the e-mountain bike for the first time, it was also the longest and the “wildest” mountain bike trail I’ve done. Plus, it was the first time I rode a horse. We heard that horseback riding was one of the cool things to do in the Jeseníky Mountains, and I decided to give it try.
I asked the Kraličák Ski Resort team to give me a sweet and well-behaved horse, and we went horseback riding for one hour. It was fun. We went through the woods, crossed creeks, went up the mountain, and even had a dog following us. The full mountain experience.
As it was my first time riding a horse, the experience wasn’t that relaxing, and I’m not sure if I would do it again. I’d rather go hiking or biking through the mountains. But if you like horses, if you know how to ride them, or if you want to try it for the first time, it’s definitely worth doing it in the Jeseníky Mountains.
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Hiking in the Jeseníky Mountains
As you can imagine, the Jeseníky Mountains are not only an incredible destination for mountain biking but also for hiking. There are hundreds of well-marked routes that run through the mountains with a lot of surprises along the way. Some of the highlights include hidden caves, waterfalls and old military bunkers spread along the meadows.
The trails are great for both beginners and advanced hikers. The beautiful Bílá Opava Valley is highly recommended due to its lush pine forests, rapids, stone formations and cascades. There’s also Moravia’s highest mountain known as Praděd, which offers fascinating panoramic views of Mount Sněžka, Kralický Sněžník and the Beskids.
More cool things to do in the Jeseníky Mountains
As we stayed only a day and a half in the Jeseníky Mountains we didn’t have time to visit all the villages, towns and do all the activities. But this adventure paradise has more to offer than you can imagine, so here is a list of other top things to do in the Jeseníky Mountains that might be interesting to you.
Caving in the Jeseníky Mountains
If you prefer something a bit more adventurous, Jeseníky Mountains has many caves for you to explore. The Špičák Cave is 350-380 million years old and it’s one of the oldest documented caves in Central Europe. The cave is open to the public and the tour takes about 30 minutes. The cool feature of this cave is that the route is wheelchair accessible.
The Sky Walk
If you have time visit the Dolni Morava Sky Walk. Located on the top of Mount Králický Sněžník the platform offers incredible views and those looking for an adrenaline rush can choose the fast route down by taking a 100 meters long spiral slide.
Beer lovers must visit the local Holba Brewery and taste the award-winning Holba Classic. Group tours are offered from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 4 pm. The only downside is that the tour is only in Czech.
Jeseníky Adrenalin Park
Adrenalin Park is the place to visit in Jeseníky if you are seeking family adventure. In the park, you will find paintball, off-road quad biking, canoe trips, climbing, and much more.
Skiing & Snowboarding
The geographical location of the Jeseníky Mountains provides some good skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. That’s a good reason to visit the Jeseníky Mountains in the Winter.
Where to stay in the Jeseníky Mountains
If you follow our suggestions of things to do in the Jeseníky Mountains you will need a good place to stay and rest between one adventure and another. In the Jeseníky Mountains, you will find many villages with Bed & Breakfasts that are perfect for a local experience.
We stayed at Penzion Kovárna, a lovely Bed & Breakfast in Horní Lipová, a town close to the mountains. It’s a charming hotel with comfy rooms, a great shower and a delicious breakfast. You must try the penzion restaurant, we had lunch and dinner there and the food was divine. They kept feeding us and we couldn’t complain as it was one of the best food we tasted in Moravia. Rob says it was the best meal he had in the Czech Republic.
Bikers will love to stay at Penzion Kolovna, a hotel that was created to promote cycling in Jeseníky and provide the riders the best service possible. Think about modern rooms, personalized trail maps, a special place for your bike, daily laundry service that will collect your dirty jersey in the evening and give it back to you freshly clean the next morning. Rental and repairing bike services, food, happy hour after biking and more…
And for a tasty lunch, stop by the restaurant at Hotel Snĕženka, they serve hearty food that will give you energy for an afternoon of adventures!
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How to get to Jeseníky
We traveled from Olomouc to the Jeseníky Mountains by train, so we stopped at the Zábřeh train station where our guide was waiting for us. From there we drove to Hynčice pod Sušinou for our horseback riding and e-mountain bike experience. Then to Horní Lipová where our hotel was. On the following day, we went to the Rychlebské stezky trail center and back to the Zábřeh train station where we took a train to Ostrava.
Here you can book your train ticket to Zábřeh or any other town near the Jeseníky Mountains. To travel around Jeseníky you might need a car, check the prices to rent a car in the Czech Republic here and book it in advance. Another option is to talk with the companies we recommended and ask if they can arrange the transportation for you.
If you need help to organize your hiking/biking trip contact the Jeseníky Mountains Tourism Department. They can help you with your itinerary, places to visit and booking the activities you choose in the region.
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